Roll of the Genes

Animal reproduction in sheep and cattle is explored with the help of Punnet squares. Scholars employ tools using probability to conclude the color of wool a sheep's offspring will have. Acting as animal geneticists, pupils then take their experience to create a new breed of cattle.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • If applicable, plan a field trip to a nearby farm to tour the grounds or invite an agricultural specialist to speak to the class about their profession 
  • Combine the lesson with math instruction and practice that covers probability 
  • Take brain breaks while stretching and signing the nursery rhyme, Baa Baa Black Sheep
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is designed to be completed in two 45-minute periods 
  • Some copies look best made in color but will also work in black and white 
  • Several activities are included to extend the learning process 
  • Adaptations for English language learners and lesson variations are provided 
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